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A mirror image

According to a report, homes of the future will feature bathroom mirrors that will study you while you brush your teeth and measure your blood pressure, heart rate and send them on to your doctor.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2010 23:08 IST

For those of us who suffer dread a visit to the hospital for health checks, there is now good news. According to a report, homes of the future will feature bathroom mirrors that will study you while you brush your teeth and measure your blood pressure, heart rate and send them on to your doctor. You can also enjoy a broadband-connected bath which you can text and instruct it to add more hot water or bubbles.

It now becomes very possible to stay at home and never venture out at all. Which in a place like Delhi may be a good thing until the Commonwealth Games are over. Interpersonal relationships will also change. You might just decide that the mirror on the bathroom wall is a lot more congenial than a nagging partner. However, to those of us who are sociable, the thought of a mirror telling you intimate details when you are brushing your teeth is a little frightening. The last thing we want when we lurch bleary-eyed into the bathroom is for a mirror to tell us all that’s wrong with us. For hypochondriac, however, this could mean a lovefest with the mirror.

Imagine how different the story of Snowhite would have turned out if when the wicked queen had uttered the words, “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest of us all”? the new-age mirror would have first given her all her vital signs before uttering the name of her stepdaughter. That probably would have stopped her in her tracks and the poisoned apple may never have happened. All we editorial writers now need is a mirror which rattles out edits while we put up our feet. That would really mirror our aspirations to get away with as little work as possible.